By on March 4, 2013

I haven’t recommended a new Lincoln in well over 20 years now.

With rare exception, the brand never lives up to the hype of whatever a Lincoln was supposed to represent at various times in recent history. The ultimate luxury coupe that was the Mark VIII. The import fighting LS. The Lexus/Mercedes wanna-be that was the Lincoln Zephyr.  All of them were flops in the new car marketplace for a long list of good reasons.

Even the Lincoln SUV’s, then and now, seem to be little more than overpriced Fords with razor thin chrome accents. While the current alphabet soup of names makes it nearly impossible to recommend any new Lincoln without delving into a smartphone for confirmation that the MK-whatever is indeed an MK-whatever.

There is only one Lincoln truly worth it. The Town Car.  An old one. A well used one. But maybe not as used as this one.

The black 2006 Lincoln Town Car Signature in the first picture is from the Lone Star State and has 437,229 miles. Still runs. No announcements on the auction block. The same is true for this 2009 model from Hartford, Connecticut with 268,440 miles. 

Lincoln Town Cars have long represented the Holy Grail for livery operators who must shuck off various executives and media grunts from the airports to their destinations.

The wandering Texan in the first pic managed to average over 70,000 miles a year in what must have been a near 24/7 livery operation. Not to be outdone, the Northern sibling averaged nearly 90,000 miles a year. That must have included an awful of airport and traffic related idling as well.

No matter. These Town Cars are custom designed for the road warriors throughout our fair land; especially those cost sensitive souls who must operate these fleets without fear of breakdowns in the middle of nowhere.

This is why, every year for well over ten years now, I see the exact same reality whenever I fly off to some media event in the USA. Lincoln Town Car. Chauffeur’s hat. A sign that may or may not have my name correct. Bingo. Another well isolated travel through the angry streets of airport traffic, to a place that requires my services for 48 hours or less.

After a few years of this I started to have a random thought about this livery business, “Why no Cadillacs?”

Well the answer to that question didn’t exactly have to bite me on the ass. I saw it every week. Cadillacs from the mid to late 90’s with Northstar engines that were about to blow out their last coolant ridden remnants out of their tailpipes at the dealer auto auctions. Professional car buyers stayed away from these things in droves and by the time the mid-2000’s rolled along, you could find countless number of 1990’s Cadillacs at the public auctions for well south of $2000.

It was these vehicles that nearly killed Cadillac. Specifically, any model that had the word Northstar somewhere on the rear deck lid or under the hood.   

Everyone likes to say that the Cadillacs of the 80’s were the ones that did them in. Wrong! Most Americans had no idea that the Cimmaron existed, or the Allante for that matter.  Cadillac may have offered some of the most frumpish designs of the era along with engines that weren’t exactly paragons of reliability. But the grapevine back then wasn’t nearly as well connected as was the case by the late 90’s.

Once the internet became a common tool, Cadillac was screwed. All you had to do was go to one of the well visited auto review sites and there, without the forces of corporate influenced censorship,  you would find a hailstorm of hatred from actual owners of the vehicles.

Now with all that being said, there is always an outlier to the bell curve when it comes to automotive longevity. The 500,000 mile Fiat. The 446,000 mile Dodge Neon. And now… the almost made it to 300,000 miles 1998 Cadillac Deville.

293,606 miles to be exact.

It’s sad to think about how much goodwill was lost by Cadillac for what should have been a testament to their engineering prowess. Those who love Panthers (a.k.a Sajeev) may laugh at the thought. But if Cadillac had offered a genuine contender to the Town Car in terms of reliability… and design… and ease of mechanical repair… and…

Well, you get the point. Thankfully the large old fart car has gone the way of the Camry. In fact, the Camry is now to the new affluent retirees what the Cadillacs and Lincolns used to be to the old ones. Some may lament about the loss of luxury bling but to be brutally blunt, I’m kinda glad that the luxury class went straight to the middle class.




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62 Comments on “Monday Mileage Champion: Where Few Caddys Fear To Tread...”

  • avatar

    Even the paint on the silver TC still looks great!

    *As my hankering for mid 90s TC continues, unfulfilled.*

  • avatar

    “In fact, the Camry is now to the new affluent retirees what the Cadillacs and Lincolns used to be to the old ones.”

    Stop the planet, I want to get off. There is just sooo much wrong with this thought process. Shuffleboard jokes aside both of those brands represented something special, even if the product wasn’t up to their respective legacies. The Camry’s legacy will be settling for bland, if not adequate, safe transportation while driving 25mph with an eternal blinking left turn signal.

    • 0 avatar

      Find a gently used last gen SE-V6 Camry and go have some fun! The no driving drivers who usually piloted these never seemed to drive the car anywhere near its capabilities. Can’t blame the car for that.

      • 0 avatar

        Friend at the right price I’ll drive almost anything. Have not driven the 03 and newer V6 Lex ES/Toyota Camry, but I found the previous V6 less than exciting.

        • 0 avatar

          Considering the previous to ’03 v6 was first introduced in 1994, I’m not surprised by your impression.

          The last gen Camry v6 was powered by the 2GR-FE engine which is at least two generations newer and makes north of 250 hp and torque. I doubt however that this would affect your inherent (albeit defensible) bias.

          • 0 avatar

            Engine age doesn’t always equal lackluster performance. The Series III 3800 is an improved derivative of the Series II 3800 which debuted in the 1996 MY, and its 205hp/230ft-tq were more than adequate in the GM W-body in the same time period and beyond.

            It just might, is this V6 available in the Lexus IS?

          • 0 avatar

            Engine performance has changed a lot in the last 15-20 years, no doubt.
            I think the is uses a different engine, since its rwd and longitudely mounted.

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            IS gets the dual-injected version for a hp bump, but is otherwise pretty much the same design.

      • 0 avatar
        Athos Nobile

        I saw a previous gen Camry V6 going head to head with an Impala SS (V8 FWD) at the drag strip.

        You can say whatever you want about the Camry, but V6 ones are definitely not dogs.

  • avatar

    When I traveled for work in the late 90’s and early 2000’s I rented a few TC’s and happened upon the LS a few times. My favorite was the LS with the V-8 and the uprated suspension. It drove great, good ride and surprising handling. I thought it was a vastly superior ride and drive to the TC. But I guess the LS was a shop whore and had the longevity of it’s Jag siblings. BTW neither car was the paragon of fit and finish. The same gen Lexus put them to shame.

    • 0 avatar
      Kevin Jaeger

      The LS was a fine car in many ways. I’ve driven a few, was very impressed and came close to buying a V8. But I checked the history of transmission, cooling system and misfire problems and shied away.

      Another car that was almost there for Detroit.

  • avatar

    Where is the Lincoln CTS or ATS???

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve always wondered this too… I’ll probably never own a Cadillac but the CTS is a unique proposition for people who are looking to avoid the maintenance costs of the Germans (and perceived jackass factor) and the blandness of modern-day Lexus/Acura, while still having something both fun to drive and somewhat luxe.

      Anyone who does 5 minutes of research on car websites will discover that Lincolns are just a way to spend 40k on a Ford Edge (MKX) or Fusion (MKZ).

      That said, I live in a very “dumb money” area – lots of real estate agents and 20-somethings whose parents bought them beemers and 700k houses – and I see Lincolns every day. Certainly not as many as say a G37 or a 3-series but they are definitely around.

    • 0 avatar

      Sometimes I wonder if it should have been Lincoln that got the Aston-styling of the new Ford Fusion, instead of Ford. That said, I like the styling chances that Lincoln took with the new MKZ nonetheless. However, I feel like they need to shock the system to make people realize that they don’t just make V8-powered landyachts for geezers.

    • 0 avatar

      They had one, sort of, it was the LS. A total dead end in terms of evolution. It got replaced by the seriously embarrassing Zephyr/1st gen MKZ, which shared like 90% of it’s exterior sheet metal with Mercury and Ford. Lincoln would have had a more credible entry if they had just reskinned the LS and done a nicer interior.

  • avatar

    When I recently went to buy my “new” ’99 Town Car, (Signature series Touring Sedan) I didn’t even bat an eyelash when the owner told me “244,000 miles.” I replaced the brakes, (warped) air suspension (leaking) and the two ignition coils that were still original to the vehicle.

    The first thing I did was drive it from Minnesota to Texas, and back. it’s a pretty good little car.

  • avatar

    My last Limo Service ride to OHare was in an Escalade.

  • avatar
    Ex Radio Operator

    The Northstar in my 1995 Seville STS was using a quart of oil about every 300 miles at 48,000 miles. It was not dripping on the driveway. Seems that they had very soft valve guides and would turn from rings to ovals. After much bitching and going to the zone rep they gave up and rebuilt the heads. They apparently had a competent mechanic and for the next 60,000 miles I owned it the Northstar did what it was supposed to do without having to haul a case of oil in the trunk. I got rid of it only because the Boss wanted a new car. YMMV

  • avatar

    No one should have to drive any sort of Panther who is not being paid to do so, and even then I think it fits the textbook definition of “cruel and unusual punishment”. Steaming piles of suck, luxury cars for people who have never actually been in a luxury car.

    As to the longevity – big whoop – the courier company I worked for in college would get 4-500K out of late 80’s Escorts. Anything will run a pile of miles if you only shut it off for oil changes.

    The sad thing about that era Cadillac is other than the craptastic engine, they were actually decent cars. Yet another in the epically long line of GM near misses.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree its sad to see another miss for Cadillac who was still recovering from the 4100 debacle when this engine was introduced, 80% there just isn’t enough. But I have to disagree on Panther, maybe with the exception of Lexus, its no less luxurious than its Chrysler, Cadillac, Infiniti or Acura contemporaries. Only really Zee Germans completely blow it away in the class department.

      • 0 avatar

        What is “luxurious” about a Town Car? For all intents and purposes it is a four door pickup truck that’s been lowered and had the bed covered over. They don’t ride well or handle well. Jiggle over small bumps, crash and wallow over the big ones. They are not particularly quiet. They are slow. They have no “luxury toys” AT ALL. They are not even spacious for the size of the car – the front seats don’t go back far enough for me to get comfortable, and I have short legs for my height. If you are elderly and shrunken they probably seem roomy. And the seats are just awful in the way only American companies seem to manage – then again, maybe they are designed for those shrunken geezers. All they are is cheap to buy and to fix, and biggish in the back. Which is great if you are running one to make money, but otherwise why would you?!

        You’d be better off running London cabs. At least they get decent fuel economy and have a tight turning circle. Probably a decent drivers seat too.

        • 0 avatar


          Town Cars will last, but excel at nothing while doing it. They are bested in ride, handling, refinement, speed, and toys by milquetoast midsize sedans.

          The town car wasn’t competitive in 1995, let alone 2010.

        • 0 avatar

          Agreed, and this is exactly why the naysayers who say a Cadillac should only be a V8-powered landyacht with floaty ride and pinky-finger-steering only suitable for 70-year olds are also wrong.

          And I say this as a former Panther driver — it was brown too. I’ve driven rental cars that were more luxurious than my old Panther Lincoln (it did have a remote trunk release (in the glove box), unlike some cost-cutting manufacturers these days…).

        • 0 avatar

          “For all intents and purposes it is a four door pickup truck that’s been lowered and had the bed covered over…All they are is cheap to buy and to fix, and biggish in the back.”

          And that is why we like them.

        • 0 avatar

          To some, big is a byword for luxury.

        • 0 avatar

          I like that, a slow four door pickup truck minus the bed. Look back at the last fifty years of uber luxury and you’ll see much of the same. Powerful but certainly not fast, mostly BOF, elegant lines and a floaty drive. Could those cars have been quieter than LTC? Maybe. More comfortable seats? Sure. Better build quality? Possibly, however the basic formula is there (at least until Doc Brown finally shows up with the Delorean and brings the flying cars with him).

          Most of the so called luxury cars being sold are just Oldsmobiles, more refined base cars, including most of Lexus’ offerings. Sure you’ll have your more unique models as Lex IS, Cadillac ATS, or captive imports such as Acura’s TSX and RL, but for the most part just near luxury base cars. Sure LTC is a more refined base car, but in its case it uses a completely different body and really looks nothing like the CV from which it comes. Can’t really say that of ES330, TL, MKZ, and Lacrosse.

          You can certainly feel free to dislike it, but for what it is, its unique and offers owners as much as the other marques in terms of near luxury with elegance and long term reliability to boot.

          I’d also love to see London cabs in the US, its a shame they never caught on.

        • 0 avatar

          “They are not particularly quiet” The last generation of Town Cars were one of the quietest cars ever. 59 DBA at 70 MPH in one Car & Driver test, and C&D stated those were among the lowest they ever recorded.
          “Jiggle over small bumps, crash and wallow over the big ones.” Maybe from the 70’s and 80’s, but none of the T/C I’ve drive in the last 20 years had those characteristics.
          “They have no “luxury toys” AT ALL.” Compared to most other luxury cars, Town Cars didn’t have as many gizmos (no massaging seats, innovative lighting, etc.), but they do offer room, a quiet ride, and in the high priced sub-models incredibly soft leather, in addition to the great reliability.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Get the HVAC set just right, find your favorite channel on the satellite radio, fire up a fat Cohiba and put 14 hours of interstate driving behind you. Find the America you forgot about; guys who can rattle off the mechanical specs of your TC and people calling you sir because you’re wearing a collared shirt and a jacket. That’s what TC’s where made for. Bonus points when you see the breed of cows you raised as kid.

  • avatar

    Before the company got Obama’d, I moonlighted at a livery company. They kept Executive L’s until they reached 290,000 miles, but they changed engines and brake rotors like I change the oil of my personal cars.

  • avatar

    “Everyone likes to say that the Cadillacs of the 80′s were the ones that did them in. Wrong! Most Americans had no idea that the Cimmaron existed, or the Allante for that matter.”

    Agreed. To this day, even though I am aware of these cars, I’ve never seen a Cimarron in real life, and I’ve probably only ever seen one Allante (at either an Oldsmobile or Caddy dealership). I’ve seen more than one Buick Reatta, one at an Oldsmobile dealership and another 1 or 2 on the road. Some of these cars we talk about are extremely rare, and you’d have to be an enthusiast to care.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t agree at all. Cadillac had an entrenched position at the top of the US market. It wasn’t the work of an informed moment that dislodged them. They spent the ’70s and ’80s eroding the foundation of their status so they could finally lose their market share in the ’90s. If the internet is some shield against sale of crummy cars, why are the Germans and Land Rover doing as well as ever?

    • 0 avatar

      here in gulf coast florida area i see plenty of perfectly preserved allantes. rare indeed though i agree. recently seeing several retro thunderbirds driven by golden girls types.

      now i want to find a cimarron.

  • avatar

    I’m thinking there is a little too much emphasis on the 90’s grapevine as what killed Cadillac, and not enough understating of how crappy the 4.1, 4.5, and 4.9 were. I have no doubt the Northstar was as reliable as the low-bar set by those engines. In the 90’s the Fleetwood was still in production, with a reliable and powerful LT1 engine, I assume the grape vine would have told Cadillac buyers to stay away from the northstar cars and go with the Fleetwood if it was so influential, and more of those would have been sold. The 4.9 was still available until ’95, I don’t see any mileage champs from that series. Let me know what you see on the Fleetwoods that do come through.

  • avatar

    A well-written article……….I know a couple with dual Town Cars (each car is 8 years old or so). Dreadful interiors ($43k for this??) but the engines are bulletproof……….my friend has a STS with northstar. It slurps synthetic oil at maybe a quart every 1k miles. But keep adding the oil and the car keeps going and going (135k miles). Seriously, if you keep cycling brand new oil thru any car, it will last forever.

    A thing about Town Car livery vehicles: I used to work at the airport, which had hundreds of TC’s buzzing in and out. That vehicle would be driven by the most aggressive, uncaring drivers on earth. During my commute in, I gave those guys a wide berth. I don’t think it’s coincidence that these livery speed demons chose the TC exclusively. I think a Camry would last maybe a month with these guys before it melted its tranny.

    But let’s not put the Panther on too high a pedestal. Livery and taxi fleets prefer the Panther for its unmatched durability. That is undeniable. However, they also like it because they often buy pirated Panther parts from China, making the things cheap and easy to repair.

  • avatar

    My dad had a Lincoln Zephyr, the V-12 model. When he bought it used at the end of the war it still had the olive drab paint job on it and he repainted it. He said the V-12 engines were notorious for overheating, and he eventually replaced the engine with a V-8 truck engine. Eventually he sold it, and because he was a mechanic he always buying used cars and driving them for awhile before reseliing them. He was never a Ford Vs Chevy kind of guy, he’d buy anything as long as it was decent, and had eveything from a Willys coupe to a VW Beetle.

    • 0 avatar

      Yup, oldtimers have told me about that Lincoln V-12. Not only did it overheat, it was very down on power – produced about 120 bhp if I recall. People would swap in that big 300 cubic inch flathead Ford V-8. In fact, Lincoln just started using that truck engine for 1949. Not much horsepower there either, but it was a torquer.

  • avatar

    so you can’t recommend a Lincoln to anybdy.
    Well…then help.
    What car would you suggest then that has
    365 HP twi turbo engine zero to 60 in 5.6 sec.
    Adaptive headledlights.
    adaptive cruise control.
    Bridge of Wear leather seats…heated and cooled.
    Self Park.
    Dual sunroof.
    25 MPG highway.
    THX theater sound. and DVD player
    A trunk huge enough to carry 3 or 4 dead people and all their stuff.

    And in 2010?
    And for my paid price of 48K.
    So…if not the MKS…which one would you suggest?

    • 0 avatar

      “Bridge of Wear leather seats…”

      Is that an engineering term?

      • 0 avatar

        sorry….spelling never my strong point.
        Bridge of Weir…from scotland.
        Still…have you experienced? most fantastic since Lexus.

        and my question still stands…which car would Lang have suggested with all this instead of the MKS in 2010.

    • 0 avatar

      Turbo? AWD? in a… Lincoln?

      Get off my lawn ya punks!

      Hehe, seriously though 25MPG highway… I mean I suppose if you’re doing 114mph the whole trip that’s damn good but I figured hamster wheels in those new fangled engines were more fuel efficient.

      • 0 avatar

        as it now stands…it averages 21.8 on the computer.
        So, not understanding your position.
        I must say, only those who catch on to running internet concepts without individual thought or experience do not like the MKS.
        However, anybody having driven them loves them.
        This popular group thought is rediculous and runs rampid these days.

  • avatar

    “But if Cadillac had offered a genuine contender to the Town Car in terms of reliability… and design… and ease of mechanical repair… and…”

    Until 1996 they did, in the form of the Fleetwood. It had a better ride, better engine, longer wheelbase, etc.

    It didn’t have the understated elegance of the contemporary Town Car, except for its sheer mass.

    But by 1996, Cadillac buyers weren’t paying Cadillac money for Cadillacs anymore.

    • 0 avatar

      You mean from 1994 to 96 they did…Those Fleetwoods had the TBI 305 or 350 up until 94. While I would say that those were comparable to the Town Car I would certainly not say the rode better. Remember, the B Body Caprice was a staple of the Livery fleet as well but the fact is they did stop making them nearly 20 years ago. Besides, I could get all that in a Roadmaster for a little less cash.

      • 0 avatar

        The Fleetwood/Fleetwood Brougham, when it returned on the old 121.5 inch (D-Body) wheelbase in 1993, had the L05 (TBI 5.7L) for the single MY before going to the LT1 in 1994, yes.

        I would argue the Fleetwood had a noticeable improvement in ride over the 115.9 inch-wheelbase Roadmaster and Caprice. The air-ride equipped Town Car was close, but it had a 117.4 inch wheelbase and the ride was less settled at least until the introduction of the Watt’s Link in 1998.

        Plus, the Fleetwood Brougham tipped the scales at over 4700 lbs (compared to at most 4100 for the contemporary Town Car), and there are subjective improvements in ride quality when you’re at that scale. Ask anyone who drives a 5-6000 lb half-ton.

  • avatar

    Put a little bit of errant water under the hood of a Modular V8 Panther and watch those coils go! PUTT! $80. PUTT! $80. PUTT! $80.

    Anyway, I appreciate the love for outdated barges like these and I do understand the Town Car thing, but for my personal driving comfort, I’d much rather pull over every 30 minutes and top off my overflow than deal with the Goldilocks rear suspension issue of the LTC – rides too high, rides too low, never just right. Can’t stand how that looks.

    I’ll also add that among that among all the used cars I’ve dealt with over the past six years, I’ve had more issues with Town Cars than DeVilles and their kin. I’ve admittedly had three overheat – a Moonstone ’98 DeVille w/160k that was probably better off, a stunner White Diamon ’97 ETC w/129k that had been tampered with before we got it (“Its probably got ginger root in it,” I said…so, since I knew what people do to quell the problem, then I was obviously indicting myself as the one who overheated it), and a ’99 DeVille w/65k that had its full-length Landau top blow off on the Suncoast Parkway and splinter into a million pieces of fiberglass and elegance – we Blue Devil’d it, sold it, and NEVER had a problem with it. In fact, 40k miles and two years later, lady is still driving it and it has never had an issues since. Go figure.

    I don’t know how many coils I’ve bought for Town Cars and MGMs, though. And A/C control heads. And rear suspension components. Just kidding. Never bought anything for THAT – just wholesaled them off.

    Except for one GORGEOUS ’96 Cartier I took in trade – moonroof and all – with 158k miles. But, as an old dealer I worked for once said, “If it don’t look like it has 40k miles, I’ll punch you in the head.” I wanted to keep that one for some reason. Had a real nice look about it – thin whitewalls, just enough chrome, and – again – factory moonroof OMGZ! That beauty ended up marooned outside of a double-wide in Shady Neighbors (actual name) Trailer Park courtesy of my ex-GM buy-here-pay-here-ing it to some local skank he met on the lot. She got a hell of a car for $1000 down, a Monte Carlo with a bad tranny and – well, nothing else to his dismay.

  • avatar

    It seems that today’s Lincoln’s are missing 2 things common to the cars mentioned in this article – V8’s and a roomy back seat. Gotta have both for this to work.

    In many respects, the F150 Limited, Platinum and King Ranch have been Ford’s only viable replacement for the Town Car…but it’s a truck and for Lincoln it needs to be a sedan.

    There was the Lincoln LT in the US (and it may still be sold in Mexico), but they don’t need a re-badged F150. They need something unique.

    A 5.0L/6.2L V8 sedan with interior dimensioned based off the Crew Cab (BIG back seat with lots of legroom) would redefine Lincoln better than re-badged Fusions, etc.

    I wouldn’t mind if they called it a ‘Town Car’ either…and made a wagon version too.

  • avatar

    My grandparents got rid of their 1995 Grand Marquis GS they purchased new back in 2011 for a new Camry. The Grand was in mint condition, always garaged. It had 150k on it. They only got $3,000 for it. The Camry is their first foreign car and probably their final car. They are almost 86 so dont drive much now. They just turned 5,000 miles on the Camry.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Except for the tattooed clan, Cadillac and Lincoln’s day has passed. I’d be surprised if they were still both around 10 years from now.

    No one I know aspires to a Caddy. My BIL just picked up an off-lease SRX because he couldn’t afford a new RDX. It’s nice enough to look at, but the interior is Caddy blingtastic.

    Everything goes in 30-40 year cycles. Lincoln and Cadillac peaked in the ’70s. Deusenberg and Packard in the ’30s. Who’s peaking now?

  • avatar
    spreadsheet monkey

    Any indication of what prices these cars sold for? As a UK-based reader, I’m always amazed by how well “old” and/or high mileage cars retain their value in the US.

  • avatar

    Amen to Panther love.

    For the record, I do see plenty of 90s-00s Devilles and Sevilles where I live, and even the occasional, elusive Allante. But in the end, I’d much rather have a Reatta than an Allante (see username). While Northstars are desireable on paper, they’re unreliable and expensive. Funnily enough, the one car I’d really like to own with a N* was an Oldsmobile anyway….

    As for peoples comments denouncing the luxuriousness of a Lincoln Towncar, that’s kind of like someone saying “What’s so delicious about apple pie?”

    The Towncar is the classic definition of luxury. Big, comfortable, stately, classy, and reliable. This is not something seen in most cars anymore, as times have changed. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a satisfying experience even today.

    Apple pie isn’t an especially inventive or practical on-the-go snack for people of 2013, but still, it sure is delicious.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Should not the title read, “Where Few Caddys Dare To Tread?”

  • avatar

    I am so impressed with my daily driver, older Town Car. My previous ’92 Crown Victoria was so good it inspired me to upgrade, and I happily recommend Panther cars to anyone. Here in Vegas, there are countless hotel/casino Town Car stretch limos and black sedans ferrying people hotel>airport, or cruising the Strip…we laugh at the wannabees trying to make stretch limos out of Hummers or Chrysler 300s. Not the real thing! (Similarly, when I need a cab I’ll observe the taxi line and wait for a Crown Vic to pull up…don’t want to repeat the Prius as taxi nightmare I was exposed to one day.) Get a Panther and run it 400K miles, that’s my sage advice. Oh, and when you get your TC, have it painted glossy limo black.

  • avatar

    Another thing I’d like to do is get a Crown Vic and have it painted the most Seventies color possible…you remember seeing appliances in avocado green, caca brown, almond or a very Seventies dark red? Something like that, and have the interior reupholstered to something along the lines of an early Seventies Galaxie 500. Very temtpting idea.

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